IT as a Service

IT as a Service (ITaaS) covers private clouds hybrid clouds and the cloud management offerings used to create and manage these clouds. This includes coverage of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, Platform as a Service (PaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, and Software as a Service (SaaS).|Emerging areas like Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Storage as a Service, and Applications as a Service are also covered. The key issues covered include which enterprise applications and use cases are appropriate for private and hybrid clouds, and how vendors should select the cloud management offerings that are going to be used to manage these various types of cloud services. Covered vendors include VMware (vCloud Automation Center), VirtuStream, CloudBolt Software, Intigua, ElasticBox, ServiceMesh, Cloudsidekick, and Puppet Labs.

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Active Directory: Microsoft Azure’s Secret Weapon

March 18, 2014
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CloudComputing

Microsoft is going to make it easy to migrate on-premises workloads to Azure through Active Directory. This will force VMware to build a true public cloud and Amazon to offer an on-premises version of its software.

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News: Intigua Virtualizes the Management Layer

February 19, 2014
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ITasaService

Intigua's strategy is to add virtualization, configuration, and control of the management stack in virtualized data centers and clouds to the existing virtualization of compute, networking and storage. This means that the configuration, deployment, and control of the operation of the management stack can be moved from the disparate members of the management stack into…

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Creating a Din in the Cloud Market

February 17, 2014
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Creating a Din in the Cloud Market

Recently I spoke with Mike Chase of dinCloud regarding its desktop virtualization offering. I hadn’t actually come across dinCloud before, as it is a fairly youthful company. However, its VDI offering—which it refers to as HVD (hosted virtual desktop), making an important distinction, because the solution can be on-premises, off-premises, or hybrid—is effectively a separate,…

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To Do List for Satya Nadella, New Microsoft CEO

February 6, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

So, Microsoft has settled on the successor to Steve Ballmer, and it is Satya Nadella, who was most recently the president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Division. Microsoft was once the greatest and most influential software company on the planet, and Nadella has both the opportunity and the mandate to restore Microsoft to some semblance…

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Nasuni: Rethinking Every Aspect of Your Enterprise Storage

December 6, 2013
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Nasuni: Rethinking Every Aspect of Your Enterprise Storage

A few weeks ago I had a chance to speak at length with Andres Rodriguez, the incredibly passionate founder and CEO of Nasuni. Nasuni is a highly innovative storage company providing storage infrastructure backed by the cloud. I’ve been writing a lot about caching and flash in virtual infrastructures, and went into the conversation thinking…

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Replacing Franken-Monitors and Frameworks with the Splunk Ecosystem

December 2, 2013
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Franken-Monitorsmall

In Beware of the Franken-Monitor, we explained how many enterprises ended up with Franken-Monitors and the dangers associated with assuming that the present state of management tools can make the transition into the software-defined data center (SDDC) and the cloud. In Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor, we explained how to use green-field islands to put…

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Cloud Foundry: Life Is Too Short

November 26, 2013
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agilecloud

Pivotal’s public cloud version of Cloud Foundry really struggles with the loose integration of third-party services. To appeal to ISVs and others with real-world complexity in their applications, Pivotal needs to identify a coherent product and concentrate on delivering something that works. I tried assiduously to use it and ultimately failed. In case you think…

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Beware of the Franken-Monitor

November 11, 2013
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Franken-Monitorsmall

If you have a Franken-Monitor, you should get rid of it. If you do not have a Franken-Monitor, you should avoid buying or building one at all costs. The correct approach is to use a strategy and an architecture to procure a set of best of breed solutions that can be easily integrated into a…

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Monitoring for Agile Operations and DevOps

November 5, 2013
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Agile Cloud Development

Building an Agile Operations process will require changes in organization, processes and tools. This is an essential journey for any organization that wishes to remain relevant in the age of Agile Development, the Software Defined Data Center and the Cloud.

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